By Melissa Holmlund
The other day while I was driving, I noticed a sign on the side of the road that said, “Note to self, You Are Enough.”
For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with feeling like I am NOT enough. I’m smart, but not smart enough. Pretty, but not pretty enough. A good friend, but not good enough. Good daughter, good wife, good dancer, good mom, but not quite good enough.
The list could go on and on.
This is not God’s heart, nor how He views me.
This is not how He wants me to feel.
No particular person or people in my life made me feel this way. I have personal pain and areas of shame that contribute to my feelings of “not good enough” but really, it’s a lie I chose to believe starting at a very young age.
A while back I was crying out to God asking him to deal with this area of my heart and heal me. The women’s group at church was doing a devotional book called Freedom From Performing by Becky Harling. Even though I didn’t attend the group, I felt led to get the book and do the study on my own. Working through this book brought significant transformation to my life. The Lord used each chapter to deal with my pride, my shame, and my need to please people. He also spoke some very sweet things to me and showed me more about who I am, and who He’s called me to be.
He has crowned me with the beauty of being enough. I wrote this down at the end of chapter two. I am enough because I belong to Jesus. I am enough because I am no longer my own. I was bought with a price. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit!
Friend, today you may be saying, I’m not a perfect (you fill in the blank) and that is okay.
I will not do everything without fault at all times and this is okay.
But, please remember, you can be naked before God without shame. You are fully known, loved, forgiven, empowered, and pursued by Him.
I still struggle with insecurity, but now when I’m triggered, I recognize the ugly voice that says “You are Not Enough”, and I tell it to go. “I am crowned with the beauty of being enough.” I ask my closest friends to pray for me, and we shove that lie out the door!
Verse of the week:
“For as you know Him better, He will give you, through His great power everything you need for living a truly good life: He even shares his own goodness with us!” 2 Peter 1:3
Father, thank you for crowning me with the beauty of being enough! Thank you for making me your daughter, redeeming my life, and setting me free from shame. Help me to see myself as you see me, knowing that you will give me everything I need to live a good life. Thank you that I don’t have to compare myself to others but can rejoice in the woman you have created me to be. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made!